2017 Governor's Forum: Candidates

The following announced 2018 candidates for governor of Oklahoma have been invited to, and have indicated that they will be attending, the Governor's Forum. We encourage you to peruse this page, as well as the candidates' individual websites (links provided below), in order to learn more about each candidate prior to the November 7th forum.  Stay tuned to this page for any changes in participant information as the event draws closer. 

Democratic Candidates 

Former Attorney General
Drew Edmondson

From growing up in Muskogee to serving in the Navy and then as Oklahoma’s Attorney General for 16 years, Drew has spent his entire life fighting for the people of Oklahoma. He stood up to Wall Street, Big Tobacco, and the special interests who tried to take advantage of our families, farmers, and small businesses. As Governor, he’ll put Oklahomans first and take on the outside interests and partisan politicians who, every day, are trying to hurt our way of life.

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Note: Drew Edmondson has been invited to the forum, but his attendance has not yet been confirmed.


State Representative
Scott Inman

Scott was born and raised in Del City and graduated as valedictorian from Del City High School before attending the University of Oklahoma and law school. He married his high school sweetheart, Dessa, and they now have two daughters, Ella and Sophia. As a husband and father, Scott Inman chose to start his family in Oklahoma. 

Oklahoma values are more than a political talking point for Scott. From mowing the lawn for a neighbor to going to church with his parents and grandparents, Scott knows what it means to work hard, have faith in the Lord, and do everything we can to make Oklahoma a better place to live, work, and raise a family.

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State Senator
Connie Johnson

Sen. Connie Johnson recently retired after 33 years in the State Senate, representing Oklahoma City’s predominantly African American “Eastside,” where her focus on health/mental health/human services issues that disproportionately affect the economic and social well-being of the poor, minorities, women, children, and people with disabilities was game changing. Connie is a native Oklahoman who was born in Holdenville, OK, and has lived in Dustin, Idabel, Oklahoma City, Stella and Forest Park, OK. She is the mother of three adult children and has two granddaughters.

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Republican Candidates

Oklahoma City Mayor
Mick Cornett

The son of postal worker and school teacher, Mick Cornett was born and raised in Oklahoma City. From an early age, his parents taught him the value of public service and encouraged him to keep the faith, work hard and dream big. 

Mayor Cornett has been honored by various organizations and publications. Newsweek magazine called him one of the “five most innovative mayors in the United States.” Governing magazine named him national “Public Official of the Year.” Politico placed him on the publication’s Politico 50 list of “thinkers, doers and visionaries transforming American politics in 2015.”

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Former State Representative
Dan Fisher

Dan Fisher is a pastor, author, public speaker, and a former public school teacher. Twice elected to the Oklahoma House of Representatives, Fisher declined to run for re-election when he became convinced that Republican leadership in the House was far too liberal. He watched in disappointment as House Republicans constantly capitulated to federal overreach, ignored injustice, increased burdens on taxpayers, and generally worked to keep the status quo.

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State Auditor
Gary Jones

Gary Jones was born at Fort Sill, Oklahoma August 27, 1954, the fifth of seven children to MSGT James J. & Clara Jones. Like most military families, the Jones' moved and Gary attended school in Coleman, Texas, and Hanau, Germany, but spent much of his life in various parts of Oklahoma. He is a graduate of Cameron University. Gary and Mary Jane have been married for 39 years and live on their farm southwest of Cache where, together, they raised two children, and built their cow-calf operation of over 30 years. 

Gary has served as a CPA, Certified Fraud Examiner, and Oklahoma Republican Party Chairman. In fact, he was the longest serving Chairman and Executive Director in the storied history of the state party. He was elected State Auditor & Inspector in 2010 and re-elected in 2014.

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Lieutenant Governor
Todd Lamb

Todd Lamb, an Enid native, and Monica, a school teacher, have been married 21 years and have two children, Griffin and Lauren. Lamb has been an effective leader throughout his life. A former special agent with the U.S. Secret Service, Lamb has always taken on leadership positions, including being president of his secret service academy class. Lamb’s private sector experience includes working as a petroleum landman and an executive in the telecommunications industry.

Elected to the State Senate in 2004 and as Lt. Governor in 2010, Lamb has been recognized as a leader in pro-life efforts and as a champion for tort and workers’ comp reform. In the wake of the Sandy Hook tragedy, Lamb used his law enforcement background to lead a successful blue ribbon school security commission to improve student safety. The Lambs attend Quail Springs Baptist Church where Todd serves as a deacon and Sunday school teacher.

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Former Federal Attorney
Gary Richardson

Richardson was born in Caddo, Oklahoma, the son of a cotton sharecropper, but was raised in Rio Hondo, Texas. He graduated from Bethany Nazarene College, now known as Southern Nazarene University, (SNU) in Bethany, OK, and later earned his law degree at South Texas College of Law night school and began his law career in Oklahoma. He served as a lawyer, Assistant Insurance Commissioner, Assistant District Attorney. Later, he would accept President Ronald Reagan's appointment as the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Oklahoma.

In 1984, Gary returned to private practice and oversees one of the leading law practices in Oklahoma. He has also authored four books including the acclaimed “Black Robe Fever.”

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